Are we as medical physicists considered, “Healthcare providers”?
Medical physicists are integral members of the healthcare team that provides care for patients - specifically the diagnosing and treating of injuries and diseases. However, because the medical physicist is not the person who is primarily responsible for diagnosing or treating patients, they are not considered “healthcare providers” under the law.
Medical physicists utilize specialized skills and advanced knowledge of medical technology to ensure that medical imaging and many types of therapy are performed with high quality and as safely as possible for the patient and the medical staff. They work alongside radiologists, radiation oncologists, radiologic technologists, medical dosimetrists, radiation therapists, nurses, and many other healthcare professionals with the goal of providing the best possible care for each patient.